Field Courses in Zoology, Botany, Mammalogy, Ornithology and Conservation

Job Description: 

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Course Highlights:

  • Explore some of the most biodiverse areas in the world for plants – lowland Amazon rainforest, the old growth forests of the Osa Peninsula, the hilly Western Ghats, and the Sundarbans mangrove forests – from multiple unique field sites across four countries. 
  • Hike the rainforest canopy at the Inkaterra Rainforest and Wayqecha Canopy Walkways.
  • Enjoy several hours of boat rides and wildlife viewing along meandering Amazonian rivers.
  • Climb a 60-foot tower in the lowland rainforest to get a birds-eye view of rainforest canopy at Los Amigos Field Station.
  • Conduct a mist-netting survey of birds in the lowland Amazon rainforest.
  • Find and follow wild primate troupes, characterizing the extent of their home range and collecting precious biological samples that can be used for downstream DNA, hormone, dietary, parasite analyses.
  • Learn to enter, traverse, and exit the rainforest safely with a GPS and compass, an essential survival skill for an aspiring field biologist.
  • Contribute to a long-term sea turtle conservation program and tropical plant reforestation effort.
  • Gain proficiency in plant and insect identification. The two most challenging taxonomic groups for field biologists.
  • Stay on after the field course and visit iconic archaeological sites such as Machhu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.
  • And so much more

Summer 2017-18 Field Opportunities

Course Name Field Sites Country Dates Duration
Tigers to Turtles: Conservation and Ecology in Bangladesh Sundarbans Reserve Forest and Lawachara National Park Bangladesh December 11 to 23, 2017 2 weeks
From Primates to Predators: The Conservation of India's Iconic Mammals Fringe Ford India December 31, 2017 to January 13, 2018 2 weeks
Costa Rica: Ecological Research and Conservation in Action Piro BioStation Costa Rica December 11 to 23, 2017 2 weeks
From Amazon to Andes: The Birds of Peru (Option 1) Los Amigos and Inkaterra Field Stations Peru December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2017 2 weeks
From Amazon to Andes: The Birds of Peru (Option 2) Los AmigosInkaterra and Wayqecha Field Stations Peru December 26, 2017 to January 13, 2017 3 weeks
Intense about Insects: Tropical Entomology in the Peruvian Amazon Los Amigos Biological Field Station and Finca Las Piedras Field Stations Peru December 11 to 23, 2017 2 weeks
Amazonian ABCs: Fundamental of Rainforest Ecology and Field Botany (Session 1) Inkaterra and Malinowsky Field Stations Peru December 31, 2017 to January 14, 2018 2 weeks
Amazonian ABCs: Fundamental of Rainforest Ecology and Field Botany (Session 2) Inkaterra and Malinowsky Field Stations Peru February 1 - 15, 2018 2 weeks















































There are a few simple requirements to determine eligibility for this course:

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the course.
  2. You must have medical insurance, and provide proof of such insurance to us to complete your reservation.
  3. We have no citizenship requirements. Anyone is welcome to apply. You must obtain visas independently if necessary.
  4. You do not need any training in biology – our course is structured to accommodate people from a variety of backgrounds.
  5. Courses have a maximum capacity of 12 participants. If you are concerned that you will lose your spot, please contact us to confirm how many spots we have left.

Student Aid:

There are two ways to obtain financial assistance for attending this field course. You may participate in both of these programs simultaneously as follows:


This year, we are offering two scholarships to attend this course, one targeting a local citizen and the other is open to applicants of other nationalities. For the application details please visit our scholarships page.

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Support

FPI can now provide a peer-to-peer crowd funding platform for all field course students. You will be able to make your own fundraising page to share with your contacts and social networks. At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue a discount code to you for 100% of the funds that you have raised. You would then enter this code as you make your final course payment. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well. 

Job Location: 
Peru, India, Bangladesh and Costa Rica
Closing Date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017